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Citroen has received an order from Tees Valley based Vela Group for 137 vans and cars to replace the bulk of its 200-strong vehicle fleet. In total, the supplying dealer, Springfield Citroën Gateshead will deliver more than 120 Citroën Dispatch L2 1200 vans made up of HDi 90 H1 and HDi 95 H2 versions. Also included in the order are eight Citroën Relay 35 L3 H2 HDi 130 vans, a Nemo 1.3 HDi Stop & Start EGS 660 LX van, three C3 VTR+ HDi 70 manual cars and a pair of C-Zero electric cars.

Vela's director of contract services Dennis Etherington (Centre), Citroën's Ian Pilkington (right) and Springfield Citroën's Mark Snaith

Vela’s director of contract services Dennis Etherington (Centre), Citroën’s Ian Pilkington (right) and Springfield Citroën’s Mark Snaith

Vela’s maintenance teams will use the Citroën vans to provide a 24 hour service to customers across its 17,000 properties in Stockton-on-Tees and Hartlepool. All the vans are ply-lined and have been specified with passenger airbags, full steel bulkheads, reversing warning systems and parking sensors. Eighty of the vehicles are fitted with roof bars or tilt and slide ladder racks, and one of the Relays is fitted with an external glazing rack – all installed by Lyndon Security.

Around half of the Citroën vehicles in this Vela Group order have been funded through Citroën Contract Motoring 3 or 4 year, 30,000 or 40,000 mile with-maintenance contract hire agreements – with the remaining vehicles being purchased outright.

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